Transit

$162 million up for grabs after Glendale, Az. light rail is mothballed
News January 18, 2018
As the result of an action taken by council members of the city of Glendale, Az., city traffic planners are looking at millions of available dollars for transportation projects.   “The Dec. 12 action by council to remove the [West Phoenix/Central Glendale High Capacity Transit Project] from our...
bullet train
News January 17, 2018
The estimated cost for the first phase of California's bullet train climbed by 35% on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.   The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile segment in the Central Valley puts the entire cost of the...
train safety
News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
rail
News January 05, 2018
Full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems across the nation’s rail network is a top priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in 2018, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a recent statement.   PTC systems are designed to automatically stop a train in...
Public transit
News January 03, 2018
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) announced the cooperative statewide procurement of Mobileye Shield+ Driver Assistance System (DAS) technology for all public transportation providers in Virginia.   As part of a $450,000 pilot program, DRPT is also providing funding...
Streetcars will connect St. Paul, Minn., and Twin Cities airport
News December 22, 2017
The way for 2025 will hopefully feel like a short one for residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. For at that time, if all goes according to plan, ground will be broken on the Riverview Corridor transit project, a streetcar service line connecting downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis-St. Paul...
I-5 derailment in Washington State

Image: David Gutman / The Seattle Times

News December 21, 2017
Less than two and a half days after an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Wash., killing three and sending cars and debris onto I-5, state officials opened two of three southbound lanes in time for Wednesday’s evening commute.   The third lane is expected to open Thursday morning after the final...
NTSB
News December 20, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be looking at driver distraction as a possible cause to the Amtrak 501 derailment over I-5 near Tacoma, Wash.   Badly damaged cameras were recovered from the engineer’s cab and have been sent to the NTSB’s laboratory in Washington, D.C. It...
Autonomous transit
News December 20, 2017
A bill before the Maine Legislature would help set the stage for putting self-driving buses on the streets of Portland and other communities in the state within the next five years.   The proposal, sparked by the Portland city manager’s interest in autonomous transit, is the first piece of Maine...
High-speed rail
News December 19, 2017
Amtrak passenger service at speeds up to 90 mph should begin in the summer of 2018 in Illinois with the states’ seven-year, nearly $2 billion high-speed rail project in its final months.   Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in an interview this week with The...
I-5 near Tacoma, Washington

Image: WSDOT

News December 18, 2017
An Amtrak train derailed on Monday morning, blocking southbound lanes of a highway near Tacoma, Wash.   The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted a picture of the derailment at 7:45 a.m. PST, showing what appeared to be at least one rail car hanging off a bridge over the...
U.S. DOT announces funds to improve transit on tribal lands
News December 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of approximately $5 million to help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments initiate, continue and improve transit service on tribal lands. The funding is provided through the FTA’s Tribal...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
autonomous buses
News December 13, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), along with various partners, is testing out self-driving buses that could carry commuters on state roads.   Minnesota transit leaders introduced the autonomous shuttle bus to the media at MnDOT’s road research center in Monticello. Throughout the...
subway
News December 11, 2017
An explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City Monday morning, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters.   According to the New York Times, the New York Police Department said that one person was in custody after the blast echoed through the...
light-rail extension
News December 04, 2017
Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the latest expansion of Los Angeles County's growing light-rail commuter system.   Over the weekend, the event at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., celebrated the work commencing on a $1.5 billion, 12.3-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line from...
L.A. mayor to announce final projects for “28 by 28” transit initiative
News November 30, 2017
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is soon to announce the final projects for the city’s “28 by 28” initiative, the goal of which is to complete 28 regional transit projects prior to the city’s hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics, reported The Architect's Newspaper.   The proposal includes 16 projects...
Utah Transit Authority will launch new BRT service in 2018
News November 27, 2017
On Aug. 13, 2018, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) plans to unveil a new 10.5-mile articulated bus rapid transit (BRT) service in the Provo-Orem region as part of its Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project (TRIP).   At present the TRIP project is just over half completed, and according to...
Minneapolis Metro Transit to limit Super Bowl LRT use to ticket holders
News November 16, 2017
With Super Bowl LII less than three months away, planning is well in process, and one aspect of that planning—public light rail transit service—is causing something of a stir.   Metro Transit has indicated that Blue Line trains between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted...
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge construction industry.   However, more often than not, this survey goes unanswered. This year, we are hoping that will be different. Our new...
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